Prayer: Communing with God in Everything--Collected Insights from A.W. Tozer
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Tozer was that rare bird, an evangelical who was also something of a mystic with a literary flair. Seaver has pulled together the finest insights from Tozer's voluminous writings, including "Some churches now advertise courses on how to pray. How ridiculous! That is like giving a course in how to fall in love." 224 pages, softcover. Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0802413811
ISBN-13: 9780802413819

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"Some churches now advertise courses on how to pray. How ridiculous! That is like giving a course on how to fall in love." —A. W. Tozer

Tozer understood prayer as few do: as a way of life. Now readers can share that same grand vision.

Prayer combines the best of Tozer on prayer into one volume. Tozer was captured by the great wonder of God, and he regarded prayer as the primary means of coming into His presence. But if our everyday life is filled with the barrenness of busyness and there is no serious urgency to pray, we forfeit the wonder of being conformed to the image of Christ and knowing our God more intimately—the true Christian life.

Prayer is doable. God is accessible. And Tozer provides the wisdom and encouragement to help us encounter Him daily. With commentary and reflection questions provided by compiler W.L. Seaver, Prayer takes our understanding of prayer to new depths and helps us have a life that prays.

Author Bio

A.W. TOZER began his lifelong pursuit of God at the age of seventeen after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. A self-taught theologian, Tozer was a pastor, writer and editor whose powerful use of words continues to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's reader. Among his best-loved books are the classics The Pursuit of God and The Attributes of God.

DR. W. L. SEAVER is an associate professor of statistics at the University of Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. He is not only an author of more than thirty articles and four books but also a researcher and consultant whose expertise is in finding patters in data and the Scriptures over time. He has developed discipleship ministries with athletes, students, faculty, and the local church. He and his wife, Barbara, have three grown children

Editorial Reviews

"I will pick up almost any book that can teach me something about prayer. This book challenged my thoughts and beliefs about prayer in so many ways, I may have to reread it in order to get the full impact of what the authors have shared.

W L Seaver has collected and compiled A W Tozer's writings on prayer and added his own thoughts to each chapter. Each chapter is a challenge in and of itself, one of the most important concepts is that we have to INTIMATELY know God for our prayers to have real conversation value. Our prayers also must be preceded and followed by complete obedience. One of the most significant changes to my prayer beliefs is that God has three answers to our prayers--yes, no, wait (or "I have something better"). That takes prayer down to a trite grocery list where we lay out our desires and then walk away from our prayer thinking we have connected with God. Nothing is further from the truth. For example (and this happened to me a couple of weeks ago), we go to church, see people we know, ask how they are doing, and walk away before getting an answer. We feel we have made a connection when we barely acknowledged the others. Too often our prayer lives are like this. And a conversation MUST include talking and listening. We HAVE to listen to God to be able to say that we have prayed.

Seaver pointed this out with a quote that is older than Tozer--

Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, the He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you conquer them, talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, you instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

If you pour out all you weaknesses, needs, and troubles there will be no lack of what to say. You will never exhaust the subject. It is continually being renewed. People who have no secrets from each other never want for subjects of conversation. They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say. They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say what they think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved, conversation with God.

Francois Fenelon

This is a five star book that I cannot recommend highly enough. It can change your life.

My thanks to Moody Publishers for allowing me to read and review this book."

Reviewed by Becky Guinn on NetGalley, Feb 12, 2016

 


"I was super-excited to get a chance to review A.W. Tozer's 'new' book on prayer. (Can I just say I'm so thankful that new Tozer books continue to be released. Tozer may have died fifty years ago, but he's still ever-relevant, in my opinion.) This book gathers together Tozer's thoughts on prayer. Chapters come from his sermons, articles, or books. The first section--containing twenty-two chapters--is called 'Tozer's Writings,' and the second section--containing six chapters--is called 'Tozer's Sermons.' The first section, if I recall correctly, the readings are perhaps a bit shorter, but, contain bonus material. Summaries are provided for what you've just read in that chapter, and Tozer's ideas are discussed and explored further. These chapters also include discussion questions. The second section, the readings are definitely longer. These chapters all come from sermons, not books published before or after his death.

Chapters include:

The Whole Life Must Pray The Sacrament of Living, part one and two To Be Right, We Must Think Right Prayer: No Substitute for Obedience The Importance of Prayer in God's Eternal Work Born after Midnight Praying Without Condition The Power of Silence Dangers in Unanswered Prayer What Profit In Prayer?

Three Ways To Get What We Want Prayer Changes People and Things On Wrestling in Prayer Praying Till We Pray God's Selfhood and Prayer Truth has Two Wings Honesty in Prayer Measuring Spirituality by Public Prayers The Best Things Come Hard A Word to the Men about the Women Does God Always Answer Prayer?

Prepare by Prayer, part one and two Believing Prayer In Everything by Prayer, part one, two, and three

I would recommend this book for several reasons. One, I love A.W. Tozer. I do. I love him for his zeal, his passion, his stubborn clinging to the Bible as the undeniable WORD OF GOD. To read Tozer is to meet a man who loved God with mighty zeal. Tozer didn't seem to care about being popular or being well-liked. He cared about speaking the truth--as he saw it--and for Tozer, the source of truth was without a doubt, the Bible. Tozer was upset by things he saw: in the church, in society--and he spoke out about it. He clung to hope, however, that men and women could and would be transformed by the power of God, that godliness and holiness was always possible because our God is a big God, and his promises are true. Two, in addition to having a special appreciation for Tozer, I enjoy reading books on prayer. I think prayer remains a tricky subject being both simple and complex. I think believers will always need another book on prayer. And this one is worth reading. It has plenty of thought-provoking ideas in it. You may love or hate Tozer, but, you can't deny he makes you THINK."

Reviewed by Becky Laney on NetGalley, Jan 22, 2016

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  1. gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reminder to Pray
    February 13, 2018
    gcwfarmgirl
    Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    A compilation of A.W. Tozer sermons and book excerpts, along with commentary (the 'Exploring with Tozer') and questions provided by W.L. Seaver, who compiled this book.

    A.W. Tozer's Prayer offers you a look at what your prayer life should look like, why you need to pray and how to do it. Because it is a compilation it makes a great devotional (the chapters don't carry over each chapter is a different topic).

    The chapters are short but not to short and the questions though provoking. Whether your prayer life is constant or nonexistent, this book is a great read.

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Primer on Tozer and Prayer
    February 8, 2018
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is a book on A. W. Tozer's thoughts on prayer compiled by W. L. Seaver and arranged in short chapters with a short commentary and discussion questions by the editor. This work can be aptly be summed up in Tozer's own words, "Prayer at its best is the expression of the total life." Tozer, as is his specialty, takes our preconceived notions about a subject, breaks them, and then re-orients our perspective to that of God's. Many of the entries come from Tozer's various works, though some are from both published and unpublished sermons. There is no doubt that this work merely wets the appetite for more Tozer. As I would finish reading a chapter, I would be itching to discover which of Tozer's works that I needed to pick up next to hear the rest of his comments on that particular aspect of prayer. It is not perhaps his greatest work, but it does contain snippets of many of this great works all in one. I received this book free from the publishers in return for an honest review.
  3. theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A solid and convicting book on a life of prayer
    July 9, 2017
    theChristianReviewer
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
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    "Prayer: Communing with God in Everything" is an excellent book to read. This book is compiled by W.L. Seaver and pulls from multiple books and sermons by A.W. Tozer. I have read a few books that contain the works of Tozer and I am never disappointed by his work in any way. His writings and teachings are solid, but easy to understand and very practical. Plus at the end of each of the 28 chapters, W.L. Seaver provides a further summary of Tozer's writings and then 4 to 5 points that he provides to reflect on what you read and providing some application points as well. This is very well written, convicting and encouraging. I will be putting this book in my personal library and reading this book more than once for sure. Highly recommended to say the least. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from MoodyPublishers and all opinions are my own.
  4. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful!
    October 27, 2016
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We all know that A.W. Tozer is a powerful, provoking, and spiritual writer par excellence. Since he died in 1963, we arent getting any new titles, yet W. L. Seaver has complied Tozers thoughts on prayer from across all his writings and given them too us here. While it cant compare to his original writings, this volume accomplishes something worthwhile, and , frankly, more powerful than I anticipated.

    Youll be hooked in chapter one when he blows up our emergency-only praying. Praying is meant to be a whole-life experience as he well explains. If we would expand our prayer life to every area including the most mundane then we would not have these big blocks of our lives totally out of touch with our Lord.

    Especially moving were chapters on praying without condition, on wrestling in prayer (he removes much confusion here), and truth has two wings. While those were my favorites, or most personally challenging to me, there isnt a dud in the book.

    Seaver gives a small review after each of Tozers writings that is well done. If you want to use it with a study guide as well, the section reflect and apply is there for you. Some of the later chapters even come from previously unpublished sermons.

    You wouldnt have thought a compilation volume could pull off being a major work on prayer, but I think it can worthily take its place on your shelves by the great classic volumes. Its really that good!

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  5. Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice Compliation
    October 6, 2016
    Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    I got this book from Moody Publishers to review and I was a wee bit skeptical because it is a compilation and not a direct continuous writing on prayer by A.W. Tozer. However I must say it is actually a pretty decent compilation of his sermons on prayer and the need and importance of prayer.

    When you're reading Tozer's words, you know it. It pierces to the heart and the compiler does not take away from that. Even he says he was trembling when approaching this body of work.

    I do recommend to anyone trying to learn more on the topic of prayer and go deeper in their prayers and how they pray.
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